Fewer Conferences = Less Innovation

From AFCEA | September 30, 2013

Industry and government personnel believe that event cancellations and travel restrictions are having a negative impact on innovation and collaboration. According to one survey, the massive decrease in conferences that facilitate intelligence gathering and networking will adversely affect government contractors’ abilities to provide the most up-to-date information, solutions and best practices that government agencies require.

Cutbacks have been deep. Nearly 72 percent government respondents to the poll said they have been attending few conferences in 2013 than they did in 2012. Two-thirds of agency personnel surveyed agreed that without access to events, it will be more difficult to maintain best practices in their field; nearly as many said government agencies are likely to become more siloed.

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